[NEW UPDATE] Zahid Hamidi: "Malaysiakini Creates Things That Are Not There"

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has announced the new Cabinet line-up with a "good balance of technocrats, civil society representatives, experienced ministers and younger faces". Najib's pick of Cabinet ministers is crucial not only to his fate as UMNO chairman, but also to BN's fate in the 14th General Elections. Are you happy with Najib's pick?

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Zahid Hamidi says Malaysiakini reporters 'create things that are not there'

“This country is also not (Anwar’s) father's. It is neither my father’s country nor his father’s country,” said Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, defending his earlier urging for those unhappy with the electoral process to migrate.

“You have to write this down, Malaysiakini,” he said during a press conference today. You (Malaysiakini) always spin. Please write according to journalistic ethics,” he said, pointing at the Malaysiakini journalist.

He then slammed the journalist, asking, “Where are you from? “That’s it lah, you (Malaysiakini) always twist my statements. It happens too often. When there is no issue, you create one. Write properly. It is he (Lim) who needs to apologise, not me, okay,” he repeated.

“I will monitor every word, every sentence, every paragraph and every news item in Malaysiakini. You don’t play fire with me. You always spin. Please try to write according to journalism ethics, okay?”

Zahid was firm in not wanting to apologise to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng over his statement (on those not wanting to accept Malaysia’s existing general election system and preferred another system to migrate to another country)

Lim Kit Siang says he will motion to censure Zahid Hamidi

Turning the tables on Ahmad Zahid, Lim stressed that if the home minister and others like-minded were unhappy Malaysians were demanding for a change to a clean, free and just electoral system, they were free to leave the country.

I will move a motion when the new Parliament convenes probably in mid-June to censure Zahid for his arrogant and insufferable outburst, telling Malaysians not happy with the 13GE results to leave the country.

I invite MPs who wish to join me in co-sponsoring the censure motion against Zahid to email me their agreement so that a censure motion carrying the most number of signatures of MPs in Malaysian parliamentary history could be submitted once parliamentary notice is issued.

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Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi is denying Malaysians the right to a better voting system by telling them to migrate if they are unhappy with Malaysia’s first-past-the-post system, the DAP’s Tony Pua said today.

The DAP publicity chief pointed out that although the first-past-the-post system allows political parties or coalitions to win elections despite losing the popular vote, Malaysia’s electoral boundaries “have been excessively corrupted over the past decades”.

DAP Lim Guan Eng tweeted: “No class!” “Zahid Hamidi’s perverse logic-If PR supporters have 2 emigrate bcos BN won,then will BN supporters leave Pg Sgor n Kelantan 2other states?”

The call for free and fair elections is one that all Malaysians are entitled to make as of right. We have a right to demand that the political system here meets with fairness.

I now call upon Prime Minister Najib to state if this is the official position taken by his government. Najib recently declared that he would be a Prime Minister for all Malaysians. He has also boasted in the past that he wished to see Malaysia become the worlds greatest democracy.

New Home Minister Zahid Hamidi says unhappy Malaysians should leave the country

New Home Minister Zahid Hamidi says unhappy Malaysians should leave the country

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Malaysia's newly-appointed Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has reportedly said that Malaysians who are unhappy with the country's political system should leave the country, stressing that loyal citizens should respect the rule of law.

In his first opinion piece printed in Utusan Malaysia since receiving the portfolio yesterday, Ahmad Zahid wrote that the illegal gatherings held across the country by Pakatan Rakyat was a form of escapism and the denial of the fact that it failed to take control of Putrajaya.

"Malaysia inherited the political system from the United Kingdom and many Commonwealth countries also use the first past the post system where political parties contesting in the election will only have one representative in each constituency with the principle of a simple majority of votes."

If these people wish to adopt the list system or the single transferable vote used by countires with the republic form of government, then they should migrate to these countries to practise their political beliefs.

"Malaysia is not a country to translate their political beliefs, even if they are really loyal to this country, they should accept the political system and the existing system to form a government as enshrined in the Federal Constitution."

Najib's new Cabinet (Click on the image for full view). Link:

The complete list of ministers in Malaysia's new cabinet (15 May 2013) on SAYS.

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Bloomberg says the Cabinet reflects Najib's concern to remain as president of UMNO

Bloomberg says the Cabinet reflects Najib's concern to remain as president of UMNO

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Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak stocked his Cabinet with party stalwarts ahead of a leadership test after a poor showing by his coalition’s ethnic Chinese partners led to its narrowest election win since independence.

Najib tapped leaders of his ruling UMNO for key positions before party polls later this year that will determine whether he stays on as prime minister. He also gave posts to the heads of Malaysia’s biggest bank, a corruption watchdog and a Hindu rights group.

Two of the new line-up are Chinese, compared with more than a dozen previously.

“The Cabinet reflects a prime minister concerned about retaining the premiership and the presidency of UMNO,” said Edmund Terence Gomez, a professor at the University of Malaya. “I don’t see any move in the direction to talk about reconciliation and transformation and inclusivity in this cabinet.”

Cabinet ministers say they will give their best

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak described his new Cabinet as a delicate balance of experienced hands and fresh blood, with a number of technocrats in the mix.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin described the new cabinet announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday as solid and dynamic.

Newly appointed Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said he looks forward to introducing new strategies in the development of youth and excellence in sports. "I am very excited to implement new strategies in youth development as well as ensuring the nation excels in sports," he said.

“I will do my best to help spur the country’s trade to contribute to Malaysia’s economic growth,” Ledang MP Hamim Samur, Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister.

Muhyiddin is Education and Higher Education Minister, should we be worried?

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yasssin describes the move to merge Education Ministry with Higher Education Ministry as a bigger responsibility that will bring in its own set of challenges.

The Parents Action Group for Education (PAGE) was “clearly disappointed” with the education ministry again being headed by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is also deputy prime minister.

We are disappointed as Muhyiddin is still the minister; this doesn't make our job any easier. We see two ministries; Education and Higher Education being merged into one. Now the Education Ministry has a bigger portfolio.

Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) CEO Wan Saiful Wan Jan finds it a mystery that there are two ministers administrating the nation's education affairs. "And my worry is that by having two heads, they might be derailed from the real focus and goals of the ministry."

"Muhyiddin retaining the post is not a good thing because there may not be any major changes and that was one of the major problems. People wanted to change the (Education" blueprint," Asian Strategic Leadership Institute Centre for Public Policy Studies chairman Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam.

In Jan 2013, DAP slammed Muhyiddin as "the worst education minister ever" after a study found that Malaysian students suffered the biggest drop in test scores among all countries for Maths and Science between 1999 and 2011.

MCA says thank you for not including them in Cabinet

"MCA did not submit any name for cabinet post. We thank the PM for respecting the MCA resolution passed in AGM (annual general meeting) for not accepting any government posts," tweeted Chua Soi Lek.

The Transport Minister's post is being reserved for MCA but the party would need to amend its resolution of not accepting any government position, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Hishammuddin will also serve as acting Transport Minister in what Najib described as a temporary move to keep a position vacant for MCA - if the party is able to overturn its resolution not to take any Cabinet posts following its poor performance in the recently concluded polls.

Party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek, in extending his congratulations to the ministers picked and their deputies, said: “There are a lot of new faces who will bring new input to the Cabinet.

MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai hoped that the new Cabinet would propel the nation’s transformation programmes.

“Expectations of this Cabinet are high and I hope it can achieve better governance and have better policies,” he said.

Analysts say this UMNO-dominated Cabinet could affect national reformation

Parent Action Group for Education (PAGE) chairman, Datin Noor Azimah Abd Rahim: BN should have offered MCA and Gerakan some posts; it is now a very 'Melayu cabinet'; this may not be good for the future as the Cabinet is not a balanced representation of the population.

Economist Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam said that Najib had concocted a compact and balanced line-up of ministers, factoring in their age, experience and skills set, barring the near absence of Chinese support and the age disparity between the decision-makers and the people they are to represent.

Universiti Putra Malaysia political scientist Prof Jayum A. Jawan was sceptical about the changes that Najib could make with what the don branded a “conservative” Cabinet. “I don’t see a real power-sharing here. The positions of power are all held by Umno like Finance, Home Affairs and Defence”.

Umno’s domination of the 2013 Cabinet shows Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s desire to shore up his personal support ahead of party polls but at the expense of the prime minister’s national reform measures, several observers say.

All eyes on Paul Low to fight graft

Transparency International Malaysia president Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan, 67, was yesterday appointed as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department.

Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan said his appointment as a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department is proof the Government is serious about tackling corruption.

The Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) president said he would work on good governance and strive to eradicate corruption.

Low: My main role will be to help continue the transformation towards a clean government. The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers vice-president added that he would also look into public complaints. “I want the Government to connect more with the people,'' he said.

The inclusion of Datuk Paul Low in the Cabinet will be judged on the Transparency-International Malaysia (TI-M) chairman’s achievements in eradicating “rampant corruption”, the DAP’s Tony Pua said today.

The DAP publicity chief pointed out that Low would be scrutinised on his ability to implement reforms like ensuring that the MACC will continue to investigate Taib Mahmud, ensuring transparency in government contracts, and requiring ministers and deputy ministers to publicly declare their assets.

Party vice-chairman Tan Seng Giaw said he was uncertain how the new cabinet line-up would turn out, and questioned the appointment of Transparency International-Malaysia president Datuk Paul Low, saying he had no experience.

Opposition leaders say it is the same old Cabinet

New faces in the cabinet by The Star.

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“Its members must support and adhere 100% to the concept of 1Malaysia as announced by the Prime Minister as the signature policy of the Government. Those who do not support it must be removed from the Cabinet, Lim Kit Siang said.

Lim described Najib's Cabinet line-up as “unimpressive” but declined to elaborate.

PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said he was not impressed by the new line-up, saying it was mostly made up of “recycled ministers and deputy ministers”.

"The prime minister should avoid appointing ministers through the back door. Every cabinet must have candidates who were elected by the people, and these guys were not elected," DAP chairman Karpal Singh said.

PKR vice-president Tian Chua said he felt the majority of the cabinet was still dominated by Umno leaders.
"I don't see much possibility of new ideas or energy being injected into the new government," he said.

PAS treasurer Dr Mohd Hatta Ramli said although there were some surprises, referring to the appointment of Hindraf chairman P. Waytha Moorthy and Khairy Jamaluddin as ministers, it was generally a rehash of the last Cabinet.

Which ministries were different from the last?

The newly formed Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Ministry will be led by Kota Belud MP Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan while Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor will lead the Federal Territories Ministry.

The Tourism Ministry, on the other hand, has been given an additional function and is now called the Tourism and Culture Ministry.

The Information, Communications and Culture Ministry has been renamed the Communication and Multimedia Ministry and will be led by former Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

Six ministries saw changes in their names and functions, including the previous Education and Higher Education ministries, which have now been merged into the Education and Higher Learning Ministry.

Nazri Aziz says he is thankful to be given a new role as Tourism and Culture minister

Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz is thrilled with his appointment as Tourism and Culture Minister, a move which combines two critical ministries. “I am very excited because now I have a ministry to take care of”

Nazri Aziz says he is thankful to be given a new role as Tourism and Culture minister

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“I am wery thankful to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak because I have held the same portfolio as Minister in the Prime Minister's Department for the last 9 years, since the 2004 election.

Najib's new cabinet line-up announced

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced his new Cabinet line-up on Wednesday. He retained Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as his deputy.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak named a new Cabinet today dominated by senior Umno leaders and new faces from Sabah and Sarawak and the surprise inclusion of Transparency International chief Datuk Paul Low.

Najib announced the new Cabinet line-up today at 5pm.

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The new cabinet has a record number of Ministers from East Malaysia.

No less than nine full ministers from Sabah and Sarawak have been appointed by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

The cabinet includes a mix of technocrats and civil society representatives, who bring valuable experience from outside government, as well as experienced ministers and younger faces. The cabinet also draws on Malaysia’s diverse ethnic communities.

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Najib To Announce New Cabinet At 5pm

Datuk Seri Najib Razak today had an audience with Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah at Istana Negara, here, for consent on his new cabinet line-up.

Najib is scheduled to announce the cabinet line-up at 5pm today in Putrajaya.

The swearing-in of the appointed ministers and deputy ministers will be held at Istana Negara tomorrow at 9.30am.

Ong Tee Keat says PM has better candidates than him to fill Cabinet

Former MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat last night denied that he will appointed a senator and given a minister's post.

"For now, I do not see the possibility of this happening (appointed senator and minister), and furthermore, I believe the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Najib Razak) has better candidates than me to fill Cabinet posts.

"Neither MCA nor the Barisan Nasional (BN) picked me to be a candidate in the just concluded 13th General Election, so I don't think I am suitable to hold a cabinet post," he said when interviewed on BernamaTV's 'Hello Malaysia' talk show which was hosted by Sherkawi Jirim.

Malaysian Insider says not much to be surprised about for Najib's new Cabinet

Datuk Seri Najib Razak will remain finance minister and Malayan Banking Berhad chief executive Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar will be made minister in charge of the key Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the new Cabinet to be announced today, said Barisan Nasional (BN) sources.

Meanwhile, the new Cabinet could see Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed as finance minister II, said BN sources. Umno information chief Datuk Ahmad Maslan will also be made a minister.

Zahid would stay in Defence while another party vice-president, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, would likely to be retained as home minister. Datuk Noriah Kasnon will be made the women, family and community development affairs minister.

There is also talk that several MCA MPs will take up the Transport, Health and Housing and Local Government ministerial posts in the Cabinet, but that has yet to be confirmed.

Among others on the Cabinet list are former Terengganu mentri besar Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh as education minister while Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was moved to the Tourism Ministry.

Cabinet line-up likely to reduce in size

Malaysia's Cabinet size in comparison to other countries.

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While officials and the Prime Minister himself have remained tight-lipped on the size of the Cabinet, there has been much speculation about Najib trimming the make-up of the present 24 ministries.

In trying to find the “right size” this time around, Barisan Nasional insiders said Najib will need to ensure representation from key Barisan Nasional component parties and also the states.

There is speculation that Education and Higher Education may be merged into one ministry while the Rural and Regional Development and Agriculture and Agro-based ministries would also be combined.

It is believed that the communication portfolio may be moved to Science, Technology and Innovation while the information portfolio may be moved to the Prime Minister's Department.

The Information, Communications and Culture Ministry, along with the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry may also be restructured.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is expected to announce a smaller Cabinet today as he makes adjustments to his administration to reflect the GE13 results.

Najib to see the Sultan on 15 May over Cabinet line-up

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong had agreed that ceremony to present letters of appointment, as well as for the appointed ministers and deputy ministers to take the Oath of Office, Loyalty and Secrecy be held at the palace at 9.30am on Thursday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to have an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah at Istana Negara here at noon tomorrow to get approval for his new Cabinet line-up.

Cabinet likely to be announced on Wednesday, 15 May

Sources told the New Straits Times that Najib, who led Barisan Nasional to victory in the 13th General Election, will seek the consent of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah at Istana Negara tomorrow (15 May 2013).

Cabinet likely to be announced on Wednesday, 15 May

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The opening of a session of the Malaysia Parliament is led by the King and Queen.

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“Once the king has given his blessing, Najib will make the announcement,” said a highlyplaced source. “The ministers will then be sworn in on Thursday.”

Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam said based on convention, the cabinet would be known between 10 days and two weeks after a general election.

Najib's challenge in filling 25 ministries

Najib needs to fill up to 25 ministries and given that seven ministers from his previous line-up did not contest GE13 and three were defeated, he now has the perfect chance to usher in a new era of Government with his latest team.

Najib's challenge in filling 25 ministries.

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How he fills these vacancies is very important, not least because he will be scrutinised by members of his own Umno party who will vote whether he will stay as president in the next general assembly later this year.

What do Malaysians want to see in our Cabinet ministers?

What do Malaysians want to see in our Cabinet ministers?

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What do Malaysians want to see in our Cabinet ministers?

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What do Malaysians to see in our Cabinet ministers?

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SAYS users express their views for the new cabinet,

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SAYS user express what change they would like to see in the Cabinet.

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SAYS users express their hope for a change of Cabinet ministers

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The last days at the Prime Minister Complex - Perdana Putra Building in Putrajaya.

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Based on the GE13 results, voters want a new Cabinet line comprising more new faces and young leaders willing to speak for the people's interest, especially youths.

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) Centre for Technology Policy and International Studies director, Prof Dr Azmi Hassan said the Cabinet members should be qualified and not because of other factors.

No more MCA and Gerakan in cabinet line-up?

The MCA and Gerakan had decided to decline government posts due to their disastrous showing in GE13.

MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek has been reported as saying that the party would not be taking-up any government posts due to its poor performance in the 13th general election.

MCA won seven of the 37 parliament seats it contested and the party EGM last year had resolved that if they did not do as well as the 2008 general election they would not accept any government position.

Gerakan, a multi-racial but predominantly Chinese component party, is now down to only one representative in the Dewan Rakyat for the Simpang Renggam parliamentary seat in Johor.

Who will represent the Chinese - businessmen, NGO leaders, Sabah and Sarawakian politicians?

Chinese leaders should be in the Cabinet and they need not necessarily be political leaders but technocrats, business people and leaders of non-governmental organisations (NGO).

There had been speculation that one option for Najib was for him to hold back a couple of Cabinet posts for MCA to fill up when the party is ready to take up those positions.

Najib could, meanwhile, act as a “caretaker” minister for these two ministries.

Another option is for Najib to appoint prominent Chinese academics or business figures as ministers.

“We are extremely worried about MCA not wanting to take-up government posts. The Government must consider appointing professionals or academics with great ideas to the Cabinet,” Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahman.

New faces from Sabah and Sarawak have been speculated will fill vacancies following the decision by Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties MCA and Gerakan not to accept any posts in the Cabinet.

Among the names mentioned to be appointed ministers to represent the community is Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) deputy president Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (picture), 52, who is Bintulu MP and ex-chairman of the BN Backbenchers Club.

Young and new faces, such as Khairy Jamaluddin?

Information chief Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merizan, 41, is said to be among the new faces in the Cabinet this time.

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Meanwhile, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) Politics and International Studies lecturer Md Shukri Shuib felt it is time many young people join the Cabinet to draw support to BN.

Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin: “I’m offering myself to be given a role, any role that can help him (Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak) and I leave it to him to decide”.

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Political analyst Associate Professor Datuk Dr Mohammad Agus Yusoff said those with potential should be given an opportunity to serve the cabinet, including newcomers who represented the younger generation.

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, 37, and his information chief Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merizan, 41, are also said will be among the new faces in the Cabinet this time.

Female voice in the cabinet is no issue, will Shahrizat continue?

Finding women candidates for the Cabinet would not be an issue.


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The lack of female MPs has increased the chances of Beaufort MP Datuk Nancy Shukri, Sabah Minister for Community Development and Consumer Affairs Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun and Pengerang MP Datuk Seri Azalina Othman of being appointed as either a Minister or Deputy Minister.

Among the forerunners to be appointed as ministers are former Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Noriah Kasnon, Datuk Halimah Mohd Sadique who won the Tenggara parliamentary seat and former Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shirlin.

An Umno insider has confirmed that Wanita Umno members are preparing to lobby Najib to appoint Wanita Umno chief, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, as Senator and make her a minister in the process.

Number of ministries, should we add or minus?

Comparison of Cabinet sizes in different countries.

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Malaysian Cabinet size in comparison to other countries by The Star.

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Malaysia's cabinet size in comparison to other countries. Image courtesy of The Star.

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žMembers of Parliament observe a group prayer during the start of the first parliamentary session.

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Comparison of Cabinet sizes in different countries.

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The entrance of the Malaysian Parliament complex

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Opening of the First Parliament by His Majesty the 1st King, Tuanku Abdul Rahman ibni Al-Marhum Tuanku Muhammad at Tunku Abdul Rahman Hall, Jalan Ampang

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On the cabinet's composition by numbers, Political analyst Associate Professor Datuk Dr Mohammad Agus Yusoff said 24 ministries would be ideal as it would provide efficient services for the people.

The 25 ministries should be retained but some need to be revamped to suit Najib’s transformation agenda in politics, economic, administration, management and implementation.

The Ministry of Information Communications and Culture should be broken up as it consisted of many agencies to give focus more on specific areas.

Since many urban voters rejected BN, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) Politics and International Studies lecturer Md Shukri Shuib proposed a ministry for urban development be established and focus should not be only on Kuala Lumpur.

April 2009 - April 2013 Malaysian cabinet

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s new and trimmed down Cabinet consists of 29 ministers in 25 ministries.

The new Cabinet is smaller than his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s 32 ministers and 27 ministries.

Members from the current cabinet sworn in four years ago comprised 28 ministers in 25 ministries.

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